Cricket Wireless launched the new HTC Desire 520 today for $99. It's an entry level Android 5.1 LTE phone with a 4.5 inch, 854x480 px inch screen, Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 MB internal storage, and SD card slot. There's an 8 MP main camera and a 2 MP front facing camera. The Desire 520 features an Extreme Power Saving Mode that Cricket claims lets the phone's non-removable battery last more than a week on a full charge or overnight on just 10 percent juice.
Cricket also announced launched three new promotions today:
For a limited time, customers switching to Cricket from another operator can get the LG Risio LTE Android phone for $19.99 (reg $49.99) or the LG G Stylo LTE Android Phablet for $99.99 (reg $149.99). This offer is only available in Cricket stores, not online.
Cricket reduced prices on several of its older Android phones today:
- The ZTE Grand X (reg $149.99) is now on sale for $89.99.
- The ZTE Grand X Max+ LTE phablet (reg $219.99) has been marked down to $129.99.
- The Samsung Galaxy S4's price has been cut from $249.99 to $199.99.
- The Samsung Galaxy S5 (reg 589.99) is now 399.99.
Finally, Cricket offering "open enrollment" period for its Cricket Protect phone insurance program. Normally only available within seven days of device purchase, from September 11 – October 30, 2015 Cricket will give users a second chance to enroll in Cricket Protect. It costs $7-10 per month, depending on your phone model. Customers can sign up for open enrollment by visiting their local Cricket store.
Personally I think phone insurance is a bad deal for most users. Phones depreciate quickly and if you do have a claim you don't get a free phone, you have to pay a deductible which can be quite high. You can Cricket Protect's deductible amounts for various phones at www.phoneclaim.com/cricket The deductible on the Galaxy S5 is $250 which seems steep for a $399.99 phone which probably be selling for $199.99 a year from now.
Source: Cricket press release